Author Archives: Kyle Finlan

Photos/Review: Apocalyptica & Lacuna Coil @ The Majestic in Detroit, MI

Posted by on June 2, 2022

  It’s always a treat to have seasoned touring acts swing through the Motor City. Located conveniently between Toronto and Chicago, it’s fairly often that Detroit gets left off the routing for a litany of reasons. Thankfully, symphonic metal stalwarts Lacuna Coil and Apocalyptica took the opportunity to stop in Midtown at the fantastic Majestic […]

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Photos/Review: Amorphis brought Halo to Denver w/ UADA, Sylvaine, & Hoaxed @ the Oriental Theater – 4/22/2022

Posted by on May 9, 2022

    Amorphis are always a treat to catch live, so they’re a must-see whenever they come to the States. Their opening bills have always been varied – from the logical melodeath support of Omnium Gatherum and Dark Tranquillity on the 2018 tour to the symphonic metal support from Delain and Anneke van Giersbergen on […]

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Photos/Review: Dragonforce, Firewind, Visions of Atlantis, Seven Spires @ The Crofoot Ballroom, March 27, 2022

Posted by on April 11, 2022

  Having not seen Dragonforce since the Fall of 2015, I was pretty excited to get an opportunity to see them in the Spring of 2020 on their US tour with Unleash the Archers and Visions of Atlantis, but we all know what happened there… However, they announced another attempt at the tour here in […]

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Photos/Review: Leprous brought “All The Moments” to Detroit with The Ocean on 3/3/22

Posted by on March 11, 2022

  Among the onslaught of shows gracing American shores this spring, the exquisite pairing of Leprous and The Ocean are currently making their way across this country, spreading the wonders of prog metal across the land. Leprous were active on the livestream front throughout the pandemic-driven venue restrictions, offering up many opportunities to see their […]

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Metal Insider’s Kyle Finlan’s Top 10 albums of 2021

Posted by on December 30, 2021

  2021 has been quite a dynamic year, with many ups and downs. One of the highlights have been the absolute deluge of new music that has been released in the past 12 months! Perhaps this onslaught of new things to fill our earholes with is being driven by the time afforded by the lack […]

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Heilung made it to Red Rocks on 10/5/2021

Posted by on October 14, 2021

    Immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic shut the entire world down, the fantastic Nordic folk collective Heilung had announced their iconic performance, for one evening only at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado, on October 6, 2020. Unfortunately, just like all concerts, this show was postponed to October 5, 2021. Fighting against the […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 10 sets of 70000tons Round 10 2020

Posted by on February 28, 2020

  70,000 Tons of Metal 2020 is an absurd experience. It takes two concepts: metal music along with the black shirt attire, bombastic-fueled ridden, and passionate fans set sail on the luxury Royal Caribbean cruise line. A metal show, along with such extravagance, is typically the antithesis of metal (show tunes and suit jackets in […]

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70000tons of costumes 2020

Posted by on February 27, 2020

70000tons of Metal Round 10 January 7th-10th, 2020 – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale – Cozumel, Mexico The fourth and final day on 70000 Tons of Metal is always a sight to behold. It is known as cosplay day where everyone does their most elegant Pikachu inflatable unicorn onesie VERY SERIOUS METAL COSTUME and joins the festivities of […]

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